Get Your Green Thumb Ready for Spring!
Spring is just around the corner and will be here before you know it!Here are some useful tips to get you ready to plant your vegetable garden!
Space your crops properly – Although your garden may look sparse when you first get it into the ground, space your garden for the mature size of your plants. You can find this information on the seed packets or the plastic markers that come with the seedlings. If the plants are set too close together, they compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition.
Plant in a sunny location – Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Sunlight helps produce a larger harvest and bigger, tastier veggies! Check out the Placer County Planting Guide for the proper time to get your garden started!
Plant in good soil – Whether you have raised beds or are planting in the ground, you want to make sure you’re your starting with good soil! Test your soil before adding fertilizer to it to insure it has the proper balance of nutrients. A simple soil test kit can be purchased at most garden centers.
Water properly – Watering your plants the correct amount (neither too much nor too little) will give them the best chance at producing well-formed, mature vegetables. Make sure your soil has proper drainage so the soil isn’t working against you!
Go vertical – Tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and even squash can go vertical, saving you valuable space. Make sure the structures are sturdy enough to support your plants when they are full of ripened produce. There are many different ideas on Pinterest that will add a creative flare to your garden!
Bugs Welcome – Not all insects are bad for your garden. In fact many vegetables such as squash, cucumbers, and melons all rely on pollinators to produce fruit. Planting flowers among your vegetable garden not only looks beautiful, but can attract insects that keep your garden healthy by either pollinating your garden or preying on destructive insects. Marigolds, Zinnias, Calendulas, Sunflowers and Clover good examples!
Make it a destination – It’s no secret that gardening is more exercise than you realize, however many people don’t take the time to enjoy their garden when they’re not “working” in it. Adding a beautiful place to sit in your garden makes it a place to relax and relives stress. Check out these beautiful custom benches from Soul Creations!
Adding whimsical pieces of art, lights and wind chimes in your garden is a wonderful way to tap into your creativity and brings positive energy to your garden.